Many times as bloggers we get wrapped up in thinking about either fashion, beauty, lifestyle or whichever category it is you write under, that we forget the simple things. I have been gone for a minute but I missed every second of blogging mainly because it gives me that freedom/independence, it’s my little space on the interweb that is totally under my control:)

So during this time away, I thought about what will bring back my mojo :). Since coming back from doing my masters, I have received so many questions about studying abroad. Thus this series, I will take you through the process of getting started to applications and then making the most of your experience abroad.

Once you have decided to actually get back into the groove of books, there are things you want to consider:

Budget: This is the most important step on so many levels. First, if your parents are paying, work within their means and if you are on scholarship, great; but think about your everyday life as well. You wouldn’t want to spend all your allowance on basics like transport, food and the like.

Ranking: Once the budget has been set, you know what you are working with in terms of fees. Now you have to move on to look at the rankings of the different universities. Remember to look for rankings in the particular course to which you would like to undertake as opposed to overall ranking. If you are going to take the time going abroad to study, it had better be in a good enough university with a great reputation in academia.

So now you are narrowing down the list from the bigillion of sites down to a few. Next:

University Websites: You will be spending a minimum of a year in that city. It will become home. Looking through the uni websites will give you an understanding of the city {in the Life at xxx section}. I remember when I was looking for a uni I was particular about where I would be staying. This is because you are in a foreign land, sometimes without family or friends. You will find a lot of solace where you stay. Also, looking through the uni sites will drive you to do some research about the city thus sorting out what you love and don’t.

Intake: Are you open to when you want to join? If so, I would suggest the September intake. Why, you ask? Because it has a much better climate than January which is winter.

Eduservices: Take advantage of the Education services of many of these agencies. Most of them are free so make the most. I used Uniserv and they were great in contacting the university and sorting out all that back and forth communication.

Well, that’s about it for the intro. I am looking forward to writing the rest of this series 🙂

Do you have any more intro tips to add or any questions? I would like to hear from you.


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